Fifteen Dogs

Fifteen Dogs It begins in a bar like so many strange stories The gods Hermes and Apollo argue about what would happen if animals had human intelligence so they make a bet that leads them to grant consciousness a
  • Title: Fifteen Dogs
  • Author: André Alexis
  • ISBN: 9781781255582
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • It begins in a bar, like so many strange stories The gods Hermes and Apollo argue about what would happen if animals had human intelligence, so they make a bet that leads them to grant consciousness and language to a group of dogs staying overnight at a veterinary clinic Suddenly capable of complex thought, the dogs escape and become a pack They are torn between those wIt begins in a bar, like so many strange stories The gods Hermes and Apollo argue about what would happen if animals had human intelligence, so they make a bet that leads them to grant consciousness and language to a group of dogs staying overnight at a veterinary clinic Suddenly capable of complex thought, the dogs escape and become a pack They are torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old dog ways, and those who embrace the change The gods watch from above as the dogs venture into unfamiliar territory, as they become divided among themselves, as each struggles with new thoughts and feelings Wily Benjy moves from home to home, Prince becomes a poet, and Majnoun forges a relationship with a kind couple that stops even the Fates in their tracks Engaging and strange, full of unexpected insights into human and canine minds, this contemporary take on the apologue is the most extraordinary book you ll read this year.
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    1. Andr Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada His most recent novel, Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers Trust Fiction Prize His other books include Pastoral nominated for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize , Asylum, Beauty and Sadness, Ingrid the Wolf, Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa and Lambton, Kent and Other Vistas A Play.

    2. A doggone clever and moving bookIf animals were granted human intelligence, would they die happier or unhappier That s the intriguing question at the heart of Andr Alexis s imaginative novel, the most recent winner of Canada s prestigious Giller Prize.The gods Apollo and Hermes, dressed like hipsters and drinking Sleemans, are considering this one night at a Toronto bar Apollo says animals with human intelligence would die even unhappily than they would otherwise he s willing to bet a year s se [...]

    3. Edited my first review was harsh And although I stand by my overall evaluation, I don t really want to slam this little book, a Giller prize winner and recognize that I am decidedly in the minority on it This book was disappointing It failed for me in three main ways 1 The authorial voice left me uninspired I found it monotonous and entirely lacking in humour for a book that seemed tailor made to be chockablock with whimsy or dark comedy or both I found that the most dramatic moments were telegr [...]

    4. If George Orwell decided to write his allegorical Animal Farm in 2015 instead of 1945, he might have come up with something like Fifteen Dogs.On second thought, scratch that I don t think anyone not George Orwell, not Paul Auster with Timbuktu, not Jack London with Call of the Wild could ever come up with something quite this sui generis although they ve all done some darn good writing of their own.Fifteen Dogs is, to put it quite simply, remarkable The premise is quirky Zeus s two sons, Apollo [...]

    5. Woof Woof woof wruf wuf Woof woof Grrrr.Wruf wuf Whimper.Goddamn it Fuck you, Apollo Woof wuf Wufbs uncontrollablyTranslation to follow once I stop crying.P.S Wrrruuff woof Giller Prize wuf.

    6. 4.5 Stars Second Book of Alexis QuincunxCANADA READS 2017 WINNER CONGRATS TO ANDR ALEXIS In 2000, the Baha Men famously asked, Who let the dogs out Little did they know that it would be over a decade before Andre Alexis would answer that question in his Giller Prize winning novel Fifteen Dogs.Alright, alright, Fifteen Dogs has nothing to do with that significant piece of musical culture The unique, heartfelt, and surprisingly philosophical Fifteen Dogs is a beautiful novel, through and through T [...]

    7. Not sure what to say about this book It did impact me deeply, though probably not for the same reasons the author intended This was a mostly dark and bleak look at humanity To be honest, I found it quite upsetting.The premise of the book a bet between gods whether 15 dogs, gifted with human consciousness, would die happy meant seeing each dog through to it s death I generally don t like stories, whether they be books, tv shows or movies, that take us on the full journey to death It nudges all of [...]

    8. My dog can t talk I checked again this morning His answer to pretty much everything I say is to play bow and growl at me.Andre Alexis s book is about fifteen dogs who can suddenly talk and reason like humans and it seems tailor made for college freshmen Alexis gets an opportunity to blitz us through Philosophy 101 as they wrestle with their new sentience the dogs, I mean, although watching freshmen wrestle with their new sentience is also entertaining One of the qualities his ideal dog possessed [...]

    9. An interesting novel, which has obviously caught the attention of a number of Calgarians I had to wait a very long time to get it from our public library and when I returned it this morning there were 543 people waiting their turn It reads quickly, despite the fact that it is jam packed with ideas.If any of you have read Jo Walton s The Just City, this book has a similar feel, with the Ancient Greek gods intervening in the lives of 15 dogs giving them human consciousness and wagering on whether [...]

    10. Okay, I m half way through this book and I am not sure how I lasted this long The author obviously knows nothing about dogs To settle a bet, two Greek gods give 15 dogs in a pound human attributes, including speech And they pretty much all turn on each other many die Is this a commentary on human behavior using dogs Whatever it is, it lacks any credibility even with the willing suspension of disbelief It is a poorly written book with a bunch of characters who basically become assholes I don t ca [...]

    11. Strange that I don t want to write a review for this, because a review won t do it justice If you re a dog lover, this book will wreck you, and I mean that in the best way possible Astounding, heart breaking, and easily among the best books I ve read this year.

    12. Hmmm, a whimsical wager by two Greek gods lounging around in a Toronto bar Eugh Fifteen random dogs given human intelligence to see if this will make them happier or not Yeuchhh So we re not in Kansas any Nope, we re smack in the middle of Tweeville.Alright, so when you get over those two hurdles, it then becomes sweet and quite compelling, but also confusing, irritating, incoherent and mawkish If you want to shed tears over noble dogs leading lonely lives pining for their old owner to return wh [...]

    13. This is that rare literary novel that has chops but also serious mainstream potential The story of two gods who give a group of dogs human consciousness in a bet has a lot to say about thought and individuality and what it means to be a person and a dog It also has a plot full of goodness and violence that keeps the reader turning pages I read it in 2 nights and wouldn t stop until I was finished on the second The bet is whether dogs bestowed with consciousness can die happy, so of course the pl [...]

    14. It felt like I was under a magical spell to read this novel about a pack of dogs who were granted the power of human speech and thought The gods Apollo and Hermes made a bet on whether the fifteen dogs would end up their lifes as happy or miserable creatures Having human thoughts and feelings proved to be mostly unfortunate, if not dangerous and bewildering for the dogs Only a few dogs experienced friendships with humans and developed an appreciation of beauty The majority of the dogs preferred [...]

    15. There is something immediately gripping about this novel Its core conceit that 15 dogs become suddenly human like in their ability to reason and perceive their own mortality was a very effective way to explore one of the oldest adages in philosophy whether it s true that the unexamined life is not worth living The story is beautifully told It gave me new spaces in my brain to think about some very old questions.

    16. The ending of Fifteen Dogs was a no win for author and readers alike well, some of the readers lost, and I came down on the losing side The problem if one can call it that is built right into the premise Apollo and Hermes make a bet and this is no spoiler since it opens the book that, having granted human intelligence to fifteen dogs in a Toronto vet hospital, not a single one of the fifteen dogs will die happy Apollo is on the side of unhappiness Hermes is on the side of happiness One of them w [...]

    17. After finishing this novel last night I watched the 30 minute long video of Andre Alexis being interviewed.Being a self proclaimed depressive fit perfectly with the type of person I imagined this author to be.There was not an ounce of happiness in this story Ok possibly the very end depending on how you look at it I am a dog lover If 15 dogs are going to be released from a veterinary clinic most are going to be seeking love and affection.What we were given was a lot of violence and death.I am su [...]

    18. Trust a pack of dogs to tell us about what it is that makes us human Fifteen Dogs started off as a simple story but became insightful with every twist and turn.I must admit, I initially resisted this novel due to my snobbery think about it, a story about fifteen talking dogs sounds like it could go downhill pretty quickly, doesn t it It was foolish of me to think so as Andr Alexis has deftly crafted an undeniably entertaining and thought provoking plot It s filled with keen observations and sl [...]

    19. This was a remarkable, imaginative, thought provoking book which examines just what sets humans apart from other animals Apollo and Hermes are sitting in a bar in Toronto How s that for a start Shortly, the discussion turns to the nature of humanity and a bet is made regarding whether human intelligence leads to or less happiness Being gods, the two find fifteen dogs kenneled in a vet clinic nearby and instill each with the intelligence of human beings Will their new lives end in greater or les [...]

    20. I wasn t expecting to be so blown away by this It easily could have been terrible I m not usually a fan of novels told from a dog s perspective, which are usually overly sentimental and also require the reader to suspend disbelief at the dog s very undoglike thoughts Alexis dealt with this problem thanks to the novel s imaginative and highly original premise the Greek gods Apollo and Hermes have a bet over what will happen if you give human consciousness and intelligence to fifteen dogs Their te [...]

    21. Earthy, and at times lyrical, this story of a bet between Apollo and Hermes plays out in the minds and actions of several dogs in Toronto The two gods wonder, if granted human intelligence and language, would dogs lead unhappier lives than humans The gods then bestow said gifts upon fifteen dogs in a clinic The results of the gods actions play out for years, with the dogs experiencing confusion, anger, fear, sadness, and in rare cases, some happiness.The dogs struggle to understand their wider u [...]

    22. This is a conceptual novel, and a multi genre one too mythology, science fiction, experimental It is the story of human consciousness as experienced, at the whims of Greek gods inToronto , by an arbitrary selection of 15 different kinds of dogs Some interesting ideas here about consciousness, and perhaps it is a quasi morality lesson too but as a novel it does not work at all Nor as a scientific thought experiment that human consciousness necessarily involves language and ability to speak begs t [...]

    23. Apologue ap o logue a p log, l g noun an allegorical narrative usually intended to convey a moralTwo Greek gods walk into a Toronto bard after downing a few Sleemans and riffing on the farce that is human language, Hermes and Apollo decide on a wager They will grant human intelligence to a random group of animals, and if even one of them is happy at the moment of death, Apollo would owe his brother a year s servitude Passing by a veterinary clinic, they bestow the gift to fifteen dogs that are o [...]

    24. Oh my god Prince and Majnoun I am heartbroken.I can t even describe to you how disordered and distracted I was while finishing this book So you ve read the cover copy and you know that the premise is that Apollo and Hermes have a bet if you give human consciousness and intelligence to fifteen dogs, will it be a curse or a blessing Will any of them die happy, or will it make them as miserable as it makes us And since the bet is only settled when all fifteen dogs have died you are then treated to [...]

    25. What was he, really Where did he fit in the world Was he waiting for Nira because it was in his nature to wait, or was his dedication unique and noble Most days, he felt only that waiting was right Every once in a while, however, he imagined waiting was only the expression of an instinct, something he had to do This thought, whenever it occurred, saddened him, mere instinct being unworthy of Nira, who was not his master but, rather, a being who completed him, made him than he would otherwise ha [...]

    26. FIFTEEN DOGS by Andre Alexis is only 171 pages long, and is cleverly written with stories within stories You can quickly read this simple story about fifteen dogs and miss the deeper philosophical and metaphysical aspects.I appreciated being able to flip to the front of the book and refresh my memory on who was Max, Majnoun, Benjy, or Lydia There was no problem remembering which dog was Atticus.There were a few gritty sections that I found difficult to read, but the desire to find out what is on [...]

    27. Andr Alexis sFifteen Dogs has been longlisted for this year s Giller Prize It s by far the oddest, and possibly most absurd, book I ve read in a long while Indeed, to say I didn t much like it might be an understatement.Under normal circumstances, I m sure I would have abandoned this strange and unusual novella But as some of you will no doubt know, every year since 2011 I have taken part in the Shadow Giller chaired by KevinfromCanada in which a group of us read and review all the books on the [...]

    28. For an animal lover like me this was difficult to read Naturally, when gods give innocent animals human intellect, things must turn out bad Such is the premise of Andre Alexis award winning novel Equal parts social satire and a philosophical debate on the nature of happiness, Fifteen Dogs tugs on our heartstrings, as its canine characters fall victims to human faults Even heart breaking for me is the realisation that if the novel s subjects were people, I would probably not have such a strong r [...]

    29. I did not like this book, I thought carefully if I could give it a it was ok star ranking and I really couldn t There was nothing I liked about it I was left with the conclusion that the author was trying to convey major themes about humanity and the nature of humanity He did Yet I didn t find the reading the raw, unlikeable characteristics of humanity forced into the noble, pure nature of a dog I m a dog lover There are many reasons I love dogs and their pureness of spirit is something sacred t [...]

    30. This book is both a dog lover s dream come true and their worst nightmare Apollo and Hermes are hanging out and decide to have a bet on whether granting a group of dogs human intelligence would make them happy Eventually the gods and the fates and pretty much everyone gets entangled in this story But at its heart are the titular fifteen dogs Poetic Prince, soulful Majnoun, gruff Atticus, and many It s one of those books that manages to make grand statements about the human condition but still w [...]

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